Las Vegas, NV—Panasonic introduced the Lumix DMC-ZS40, a super-slim point-and-shoot camera with an LVF (live viewfinder) and a 30x optical zoom lens (24–720mm equivalent), as the flagship of its ZS series. The pocket-size ZS line is noted for versatile lenses that cover ultra-wide-angle to telephoto lengths. The DMC-ZS40 was designed with significant upgrades, especially in functions for more advanced photography such as a control ring, RAW compatibility and focus peaking.
Panasonic integrated a 24mm ultra-wide-angle 30x zoom lens in a slim, flat body along with Hybrid OIS+ (hybrid optical image stabilizer plus), to suppress hand movement in both photo and video recording.
The 18.1 megapixel High-Sensitivity MOS sensor and its Venus engine image processor are said to feature high-speed, high-sensitivity image recording, 1,920×1,080 60p Full HD video recording in the AVCHD Progressive format, and 10-frames-per-sec burst shooting with high picture quality. It also offers quick start-up and “light-speed autofocus.”
Plus, its Wi-Fi connectivity with NFC (Near Field Communication) technology lets users connect the camera to their smartphone/tablet with one tap or by reading the embedded QR code, without the need for cables or searching for a hotspot. Users can also utilize a smartphone/tablet as a secondary monitor for the camera to enable manual control or focus peaking in addition to setting focus, zooming or releasing the shutter with a refined GUI (graphic user interface) on the smartphone/tablet. It is also possible to record video while watching the motion live on a smartphone/tablet.
Other DMC-ZS40 features include: a 3.0-inch, 920k-dot monitor with AR coating; built-in GPS that complies with the Global Navigation Satellite System for higher accuracy; special effects like creative control, creative retouch and creative panorama; zoom macro shooting; a level gauge; composition guide, iA (intelligent auto) mode; HDR (high dynamic range); 3D photo mode; 1250mAh-capacity battery; and AC/USB power charging. panasonic.com